A VACANT landmark building in Bristol city centre is to be taken over by musicians and film makers as part of Europe’s biggest street art event.
The former Royal Sun Alliance building in Colston Street is the latest addition to the “See No Evil” art project, which seeks to promote all that is best about Bristol art and music.
As exclusively revealed by the Evening Post last month, “See No Evil” will transform the drab, grey buildings in Nelson Street into one of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the world.
More than 20 of the world’s biggest street artists will be graffiti-ing almost every building, some 10 stories high, in a bid to create Bristol’s next major tourist attraction.
Although the Royal Sun building – also known as Westgate – won’t be painted on, it will be the focus of the musical festivities in two weeks time.
“See No Evil” organisers have confirmed the “Hear No Evil” music line up, which takes places on August 18, 19 and 20 in Westgate and outside in Nelson Street itself.
Free tickets will be available for the three day musical celebration, but anyone interested needs to be registered.
Team Love – the Bristol based company behind Glastonbury Festival’s Wow stage and this year’s Red Bull Music Academy at St Paul’s Carnival – have worked with Bristol City Council’s place making director Mike Bennett, to select DJs and musicians that will draw attention to Bristol’s celebrated music scene.
The main event is a daytime block party on the Saturday from noon until 9pm, which includes music, cartoon drawing, screen printing, beat boxing, break dancing and street dressing with a mini garden area stretching along the length of Nelson Street.
There will also be three nights of music in the Westgate building, starting at 8pm on Thursday, 10pm on Friday and 9pm on Saturday.
Headline acts for Saturday include DJ Milo, a Bristolian and member of Wild Bunch – the group that went on to form Massive Attack.
Pioneering 1980s electro DJ Greg Wilson is also set to perform. Another local act Laminate Radio – DJ Die & Gus Pirelli and Bristol Hifi – make up the rest of the main stage line up whilst a selection of the city’s top DJs and MCs will be spread across a further two sound-systems on the street.
There will also be a screening of a short film celebrating Bristol’s music culture at Westgate on Thursday evening.
Music magazine Resident Advisor has created three short films about what it considers to be the most exciting music cities in the world right now; Bristol, Detroit and Berlin.
A party will be held after the screening several of the artists from the film, including the UK’s rising underground dance music stars; Julio Bashmore, Peverelist, Appleblim and Futureboogie.
Bristol club night organisers Crazylegs will host See No Evil’s Friday night with acts like Mosca and Melee, Seiji and Funky Stepz on the bill.
To register for tickets go to http://www.residentadvisor.net.
Organisers hope the street art street will be as successful as a similar venture in Melbourne, Australia, which attracts an estimated 450,000 visitors a year.
The Royal Bank of Scotland, the Unite building, 9 and 11 Quay Street, the Board Street high rise block and the overhead walkway opposite Trafalgar House are among the buildings that will be transformed by street artists that include Bristolians Nick Walker and Inkie.
Other artists taking part come from LA, New York and Chile.
The Grade II listed Westgate building was designed by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed Battersea Power Station and Britain’s infamous red telephone box.
The building has been disused for two years since the insurance company decided to move out of the city.
Previously used as SWEB’s headquarters it was bought by development firm Cubex, earlier this year.
When the announcement was made Cubex said it had no immediate plans for the 90,000sq ft building but they wanted to renovate it and rent it out to various clients.
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The line up
A selection of Hear No Evil Music Acts
Mosca and Melee
Chris Farrell – Idle Hands
Peverlist* [Punch Drunk]
October [Caravan // TANSTAAFL]
Confirmed See No Evil Artists
Hit + Run